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The Centre for the Built and Natural Environment focuses on delivering solutions to close the design versus as-built performance gap found in the built environment.

In addressing this issue, academics working in this area seek to answer the overarching research question: how do we ensure decision-making processes during building design, construction and operation reflect the whole life implications of the dynamic nature of building performance, the effects of occupant responses and perceptions, and the impact of future uncertainties?

The Centre offers the opportunity to develop fundamental research strands based on the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing’s expertise and strong industrial partnerships, as well as being shaped by its Executive Director’s vision for the built environment. 

Research in this area focuses on the following themes that have global impact;

  • Dynamic performance of buildings
  • Occupant and owner responses
  • Impacts of uncertainty
  • Whole-life decision-making
  • Smart civic structure
  • Monitoring buildings

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Concretes Engineering & Materials Science
Phase change materials Engineering & Materials Science
Vacuum Engineering & Materials Science
Cements Engineering & Materials Science
Glass Engineering & Materials Science
Steel Engineering & Materials Science
Temperature Engineering & Materials Science
Pavements Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 1989 2020

Heat storage
Pulse code modulation
Latent heat
Thermal energy

Experimental study on the performance enhancement of novel thermochemical reactor

Liu, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies. p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

experimental study

Projects 2011 2020

Activities 1994 2019

International Conference on Applied Energy 2019

Shuli Liu (Speaker)
12 Aug 201916 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Shuli Liu (Session Chair)
21 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

The 1st International Chinese Conference on Energy and Built Environment

Shuli Liu (Session Chair)
19 Jul 201922 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Best Student

Messaoud Saidani (Recipient), 1 Jul 1986

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Fellow of IStructE

James Yang (Recipient), Oct 2017

Prize: Election to learned society

PE Publishing Award

James Yang (Recipient), Jun 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media

Education e-portfolio

Messaoud Saidani


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

UAE data security

Messaoud Saidani


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The Multi-Reciprocal Grid (MRG) system and applications

Messaoud Saidani


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment